Tom Bolen, who leads Albion transmission line committee, said voters didn't pass the moratorium to derail the project.
Central Maine Power utility lines are seen on Oct. 6, 2021, in Pownal. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Voters in Albion approved a six-month moratorium on high-impact transmission lines last week.

The central Maine town is on a proposed path for a power corridor that would connect Aroostook County to the southern Maine electrical grid. Supporters of the moratorium said it will give the town more time to study the potential visual and environmental impacts of the project.

Tom Bolen, who leads Albion’s newly formed transmission line committee, said residents did not form the group and pass the temporary moratorium to derail the project.

“No doubt we need to connect Aroostook County in some form or fashion. But what we can’t do is just tear up the landscape and say, ‘yeah, this is for the good of all.’ When the reality is there’s other methods, there’s other alternatives.”

The group wants project developer LS Power to collocate the lines with existing transmission corridors or routes or bury them underground. Bolen said the group is speaking with residents from Plymouth, Unity and Windsor, among other towns that could be impacted by the proposed 150-mile corridor.

A spokesperson for LS Power said the company is aware of the moratorium.

“We have been actively listening to and meeting with a number of landowners, towns and other stakeholders receiving feedback on our alternative routes,” Doug Mulvey of LS Power said in an email. “Our focus is on receiving and considering this feedback, improving the preliminary routes and minimizing impacts to all stakeholders to the extent possible. We look forward to continuing these efforts with project stakeholders and will have more information available on these ongoing efforts in the coming weeks.”

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.